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L 114/30 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 13.5.

2000

II
(Acts whose publication is not obligatory)

COUNCIL

COUNCIL DECISION
of 2 May 2000
amending Decision 95/513/EC on the equivalence of seed potatoes produced in third countries and
Decision 95/514/EC on the equivalence of field inspections carried out in third countries on seed
producing crops and on the equivalence of seed produced in third countries

(2000/326/EC)

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, Having regard to the proposal from the Commission,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Whereas:


Community,
(1) In Decision 95/513/EC (6) it has been determined for a
limited period that seed potatoes produced in third
Having regard to Council Directive 66/400/EEC of 14 June countries are equivalent to seed potatoes produced in
1966 on the marketing of beet seed (1), and in particular the Community and complying with Directive 66/
Article 16(1)(b) thereof, 403/EEC.

Having regard to Council Directive 66/401/EEC of 14 June (2) In Decision 95/514/EC (7), it has been determined for a
1966 on the marketing of fodder plant seed (2), and in partic- limited period that field inspections carried out in third
ular Article 16(1)(b) thereof, countries on seed-producing crops of certain species
satisfiy the conditions laid down in Directives 66/
400/EEC, 66/401/EEC, 66/402/EEC and 69/208/EEC. In
Having regard to Council Directive 66/402/EEC of 14 June Decision 95/514/EC it has also been determined that
1996 on the marketing of cereal seed (3), and in particular seed of certain species produced in third countries was
Article 16(1)(b) thereof, equivalent to seed produced in the Community.

(3) Decisions 95/513/EC and 95/514/EC establish condi-


Having regard to Council Directive 66/403/EEC of 14 June tions in respect of package marking. Directive 98/95/
1966 on the marketing of seed potatoes (4), and in particular EC (8), has provided that without prejudice to the condi-
Article 15(1) thereof, tions determined under the authorisation procedure
required under Directive 90/220/EEC (9), under amend-
ments thereto or under relevant sectoral legislation, in
Having regard to Council Directive 69/208/EEC of 30 June the case of seed or seed potatoes of a variety which has
1969 on the marketing of seed of oil and fibre plants (5), and in been genetically modified, any label or document, offi-
particular Article 15(1)(b) thereof, cial or otherwise, which is affixed to or accompanies the
seed or seed potatoes lot, shall clearly indicdate that the
(1) OJ 125, 11.7.1966, p. 2290/66. Directive as last amended by variety has been genetically modified. In order to guar-
Directive 98/96/EC (OJ L 25, 1.2.1999, p. 27). antee proper information to the seed users and the
(2) OJ 125, 11.7.1966, p. 2298/66. Directive as last amended by
Directive 98/96/EC.
(3) OJ 125, 11.7.1966, p. 2309/66. Directive as last amended by (6) OJ L 296, 9.12.1995, p. 31.
Commission Directive 1999/54/EC (OJ L 142, 5.6.1999, p. 30). (7) OJ L 296, 9.12.1995, p. 34. Decision as last amended by Commis-
(4) OJ 125, 11.7.1966, p. 2320/66. Directive as last amended by sion Decision 98/172/EC (OJ L 63, 4.3.1998, p. 29).
Commission Decision 1999/742/EC (OJ L 297, 18.11.1999, p. 39). (8) OJ L 25, 1.2.1999, p. 1.
(5) OJ L 169, 10.7.1969, p. 3. Directive as last amended by Directive ( ) OJ L 117, 8.5.1990, p. 15. Directive as last amended by Commis-
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98/96/EC. sion Directive 97/35/EC (OJ L 169, 27.6.1997, p. 72).


13.5.2000 EN Official Journal of the European Communities L 114/31

consumers and avoid deceptive practices it is appro- Article 2


priate to apply the same requirements to seed and seed
potatoes imported under the said Decisions. In Article 2 of Decision 95/513/EC, the date ‘30 June 2000’
shall be replaced by ‘31 December 2002’.
(4) Decision 95/513/EC will expire on 30 June 2000. The
conditions for the application of the said Decision still Article 3
obtain. It is therefore appropriate to extend its applica- In Part II.B of the Annex to Decision 95/514/EC, the following
tion until 31 December 2002. point shall be inserted after point 4.1:
(5) Decision 95/514/EC will expire on 31 January 2000. ‘4.1a. In the case of seed of a variety which has been
The conditions for the application of the said Decision genetically modified, any label or document, official
still obtain. It is therefore appropriate to extend its or otherwise, which is affixed to or accompanies the
application until 31 December 2002, seed lot, shall clearly indicate that the variety has
been genetically modified and provide for any other
information as may be determined in the author-
isation procedure required under Community law.’
HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:
Article 4
In Article 6 of Decision 95/514/EC, the date ‘31 January 2000’
Article 1 shall be replaced by ‘31 December 2002’.

In Part II of the Annex to Decision 95/513/EC, the following Article 5


point shall be inserted after point 2:
This Decision is addressed to the Member States.
‘2a. In the case of seed potatoes of a variety which has
been genetically modified, any label or document, offi-
cial or otherwise, which is affixed to or accompanies Done at Brussels, 2 May 2000.
the seed potato lot, shall clearly indicate that the
variety has been genetically modified and provide for For the Council
any other information as may be determined in the
authorisation procedure required under Community The President
law.’ J. COELHO